Death Metal Stew: Frozen Soul, Nervosa, and Asphyx

I slept, and I dreamed.

I dreamed of ripping, gain to 11 HM2 riffs with an edge so brittle they would shatter. I dreamed of cavernous reverb, and of blistering tempos jackknifed into mid-paced stomps that locked into a pocket so deep I could feel the void. I dreamed of vocals both guttural and vicious, speaking to me in the tongues of ancient religions, intoning rites of passage into another world, another time.

I woke, and realized it was February and I had slept on killer old school death metal releases from Frozen Soul, Nervosa, and Apshyx. Rising from my decrepit tomb of a bed I exhaled a chilled breath and decided to rectify the situation.

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Initial Descent: January 3 – 9, 2021

Definitely not the news any of us wanted to hear: Children of Bodom front man and one of metal’s best guitarists, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. No doubt the reverberations of this will be felt for a long time and he will certainly be missed, 41 is way too early to go. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. RIP.

Tough to muster new metal speak but here we are. First up is the full length debut from Frozen Soul who were on Maggot Stomp (this is your “quality” hint) but are now on Century Media and as good as their demo was, this is not only better but more of it. Second, we’ve got a physical release from Exsul by way of Caligari (again, quality) and if you missed the digital, rectify that now. Beyond that, another short list of entries to follow.

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